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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 254 Kokomo Ind O TUl TKT171 Tuesday May SO cents Cogdells remains found Shot down over Laos in By MIKE PALUCK V Tribune Twentyseven years of waiting are over for family members of a Greentown man whose plane was shot down over Laos in 1967 Keith Cogdell of Greentown confirmed today that his family recently received notification from the government that the remains of his Capt William K Cogdell had been positively iden tified According to Cogdell who had been active with the National League of Families of Prisoners and Missing Southeast Asia Williams remains were recovered from a crash site in Laos one year Positive identification was made in Hawaii and a senior military official recently met with the entire Cogdell family in Green town to inform them of the find ings Kirk Cogdell son of the downed pilot said the notification was made earlier this month Cogdell confirmed his son was shot down Jan 17 1967 when he was diverted from a mission to go to the crash site of afellbW pilot He said his son was flying over a clearing in the jungle when he went to search for the other pilot The career fighter pilot dropped to feet where he encoun tered heavy antiaircraft ground tire Another pilot saw Cogdells plane get hit go into a shallow roll and crash in the jungle There was no parachute or radio traffic from Cogdell before the crash e family never held much hope that William survived the crash He said a fellow pilot who flew over the crash site told him that there was no way his son could have survived the crash The pilot Mark Richards said William Cogdell was a good pilot and helped calm him down when he arrived in Thailand William Cogdell was initially listed as Missing in Action and his status was later changed to Killed in Action Body not Found That classification has been applied to most of the troops who did not return from Southeast Asia Cogdell said Cogdell said for years he could not talk about his son due to the nature of the Vietnam War and forces being in a coun try the United States was not fighting Working with the National League of Families he pressed the government for an accounting and repatriation of the missing He said there are at least 50 dis crepancy cases of American pilots who were alive and on the ground in Vietnam that still arent accounted for and the govern ment of Vietnam can account for He said although his familys long wait to learn of Williams fate is over my heart still bleeds for these people who are not account ed Cogdell said he is very unhap py with the administration for lift ing the trade embargo with Vietnam Capt Cogdell will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors May 27 The ceremony will include a ing man flyby Tyler Jennings of Deichman Excavating operates a machine to pack sand needed to cover storm sewer at Markland Avenue and 31 V Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Be cautious near Markland project City officials and police are warning motorists to be cautious as construction work has begun at Markland Avenue and 31 Deichman Excavating Inc is working this week in the area installing a storm sewer which will run from 31 to Goyer Road along Markland Avenue Police Department urge motorists to use extreme caution when driving along this area Its going to go on all through the summer andnone of the roads are closed to Brown said The public is just going to have to be very very aware of the construction and road widening so ithat we can avoid traffic along this stretch Chaplin said Its early yet They only just started working on A week ago construction started on the a area Urban Development and Design and accident investigator Lt John Brown of the Kokomo BrOwn saidthat so far he has hot received any reports of road accidents or congestion including Waimart and Sams The number of lanes will be expanded from two to five in this area Garner to host camp for girls ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau SHARPSVILLE Ind TriCen tral Elementary teacher Donald W Garner will cohost basketball camps for girls and boys next month Northern School Board unani mously approved allowing Gar ner to cohost the camps accord ing to Superintendent Harry Day He also sid there was no negative response from the public As far as were Day said the matter concerning Garner has been taken care In December 1993 four female seventhgrade students alleged Garner had inappropriate con tact with them Indiana State Police Sgt Gary Boyles said Boyles would not say what the alleged inappropriate contact was ISP began an investigation Because of the ISP investigation Northerns school board placed Garner on paid leave Dec 10 1 i V I A grand jury was called on Feb 4 to decide if criminal charges should be filed against Garner The grand jury agreed not to return an indictment which means no criminal charges were filed However school officials said during a special meeting Feb 9 that they needed to know if Gar ner violated any school behavioral standards So at that meeting the board passed a resolution tp sub poena the ISP records so Day could determine if any discipli nary actions were necessary After Day and his attorney reviewed the ISP records North ern agreed on March 28 to sus pend Garner for 10 days The agreement stated forego ing more serious disciplinary action based upon Days invesh into allegations of miscon uct by the Teacher Garner agrees to a suspension from his teaching duties for a period of 10 working days beginning with Monday March 21 1994 and con cluding with Friday April 1 Garner was also ordered to receive counseling on the risks and consequences for teachers students and the school communi ty arising from sexual harassment and other unwelcome contacts and communication in the teacherstudent Garner was to have at least two hours of counseling on the matter by April 11 and at least 14 hours of counseling by Jan Gar ner has completed part of the counseling Day said Garners been a teacher at Northern for 14 years and coached various sports for 25 years poses huge burden for Medicare billion price tag over the next 20 years to treat sick smokers WASHINGTON AP Medicare will spend billion dyer the next 20 years treating dis eases brought on by cigarette smoking billion this year the Columbia University Center on Addiction and Sub stance Abuse reported today Caring for those hospitalized for alcohol and drugrelated illnesses will cost the government health system for the elderly and disabled billion this year the center said Over the next 20 years alcohol drugs and tobacco will cost Medicare more than trillion with smoking the biggest culprit the center said Treating the symptoms of smoking is closing me armory door after the deadly instruments of destruction have been let said Joseph Califano the centers president There is a special need to take action now to encourage Ameri cans not to start smoking and to help those who are already addicted to he said Califano a longtime smoking opponent and President Jimmy Carters health secretary was to testify before Congress today that these bills could have been pre vented had the government learned earlier about secret tobac co industry research into their products and cracked down on smoking At issue are industry documents showing cigarette companies knew as early as the 1960s that nicotine was addictive and smok ing dangerous and that some companies developed but never marketed safer cigarettes Dusty chopper on the block County selling its helicopter ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Once a valuable law enforce ment tool and a prestigious sym bol of the Howard County Sheriff Departments might the bird has been grounded in a storage garage behind the old Howard County jail for more than a year Deputy Steve Maus the only officer trained to fly the heli copter is no longer able to do so because of an illness Meanwhile Howard County officials in recent years have somewhat reluctantly budgeted for the vehicles upkeep in the face of increasing liability insurance costs County commissioners decided Monday to sell the sheriff depart ments helicopter ending 20 years of aerial crime fighting capability Im going to miss Maus said who flew the chopper since the department acquired it in 1983 and an older model before it since 1974 It feels like a loss to the department because we wont have the ability to conduct aerial searches for anybody or anything Well also lose some he said referring to the public rela tions boost the 1969 jet engine tur binepowered Hiller used to bring the department For example Maus flew it each year to the Irtdi Sheriffs Association Career CSmp in Lafayette displaying it for children exploring the possi bility of someday donning gold stars themselves But Maus admitted the heli copter is not doing the depart ment any good with no deputies to fly it whatever we can get out of it would be betterthan it sitting there collecting he said Sheriff John D Beatty said hes fought for the helicopter on sever al occasions over the years adding mere seems to have been a few county council members each year who have wanted to sell it But he admitted it is the property of the county not the sheriff department so the commissioners have every right to sell it He said an individual has approached him with an offer to trade four Ford squad cars for the helicopter a deal that would satisfy our most immediate need in squad The individual would have to offer a bid competitively with anyone else interested as required by law The bidding process will be made public once the heli copter is appraised It was said to be worth about in 1983 At the storage garage this morn ing Maus showed the chopper to a reporter while leafing through an old flight log book He read aloud some of me more memo rable entries Helped locate the wreckage from a plane crash near Ind 26 and 250 East Road in 1987 An Air Force colonel was killed trying to navigate his private plane through a violent thunderstorm on a flight from Tennessee to Elkhart Patrolled area fields in the dry summer of 1988 Fireworks dis plays made for an extremely dan gerous July 4 that year he said Alcohol may have been factor in fatal accident Alcohol was believed to be a fac tor in an early morning accident that claimed the life of a 21year old Kokomo man and injured two others according to Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout County sheriff deputy Wayne Ives said the accident occurred at on Ind 22 and 400 East Adam P Rose 2900 Apperson Way N Lot 282 was pronounced dead at the scene at by Stout Stout said the official cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head Rose had a blood hoi level of 173 which is over me legal limit of 10 Stout said Trenton Webster 21 45Q8 Road 200 South Lot 373 who was a passenger in the Rose vehicle also was taken to Howard munity Hospital He was listed in serious condition with internal injuries Stout said Webster had an alcohol blood content of 08 which is below the legal limit Investigatory said Rose and Webster were traveling south on 400 East in a 1988 gray Chevrolet Cavalier Rose disregarded the stop sign at Ind 22 and collided with a white 1986 Pontiac 6000 driven by April Ailbr 22 Wind fall She is in stable condition at Howard Community Hospital suffering from head injuries Inside todays Tribune Local Classified ads MHHM settle the Tip ton shertffcar lease issue Page Or X2 CtiflA Local news fciyiP Children make visit to local Newj of record hospital Pan PI Uer and the Pacers o for p clincher tonight in Also Inside 10 INK Man kills himself as police approach him A Howard County man was pronounced dead Monday evemhg after he shot himself when police ordered him to put down his weapon Karl O Learner II 49 300 E Road 2342 South was pronounced dead at in the emer gency room at Howard Commu nity Hospital by Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout Howard County sheriff deputies and Indiana State Police were dis patched to Learners residence at in reference to an attempted suicide Upon arrival police found Learner sitting on a farm trailer with a shotgun beside himWhen officers approached him he pointed the gun at them The officers then ordered Learner to put the gun down Learner then pointed the gun at himself and fired a single shot into his upper chest area police said He was transferred to the hospital by ambulance and was pro nounced dead by Stout shortly after Police didnt say why the man wanted to shoot himself but did say the case remains under inves tigation by the sheriff department and the coroners office ;